Rachael's Favorite Books For 2021 (+ A Few Picks From John)

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Rachael has written her fair share of books — 26, to be exact! And she even recently revealed that she's been writing another book during the pandemic. So it comes as no surprise that she's also a bookworm.

"My friend, Bob Schneider — who's actually a musician, not a painter — he made me wooden copies of some of my favorite books and they're all throughout our house," she says.

"I like to read non-fiction and thrillers," Rach goes on, "so that's where my headspace is at."

These are the books she's "gobbling up," as she says, right now. Plus, John chimes in with a few of his current picks.

1. Anything by Harlan Coben — most recently Win, available for pre-order now

"Harlan Coben, Harlan Coben, Harlan Coben," Rach says. "I got a galley of Harlan's new book. [He's] one of my favorite authors, and he's a fantastic thriller writer."

"Win, I gobbled in literally a couple of days," she continues. "It's fantastic. That's his upcoming title. He'll be on our show in March, I believe."

2. Marcella Hazan's Cookbooks

"Of course, I love reading cookbooks," Rach says, "[like those by] Marcella Hazan."

3. The Obamas' Latest Books, Becoming and A Promised Land

"The Obamas, of course," Rach continues. "I enjoyed Michelle's book Becoming. I toured with her for it, and I am halfway through President Obama's latest, [A Promised Land]."

4. Begin Again by Eddie Glaude Jr.

"I loved Eddie Glaude Jr.'s book," Rach says. His latest is called Begin Again.

5. His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope + The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels by Don Meacham

6. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy

"John bought me — it was my favorite Christmas present — The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse," Rach says. "Both in English and Italian."

7. Unfinished: A Memoir by Priyanka Chopra-Jonas

Priyanka will be on our show in a few weeks, so stay tuned to hear her and Rach talk all about her new memoir.

8. No Time Like The Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality by Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox is one of Rach's all-time favorite guests — and it was no different when he visited most recently to talk about his new book and explain why he calls it "cranky."

9. John's Pick: I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

"I Am Pilgrim was a great thriller," John says. "That was my favorite thriller," Rach adds. "It so shocked me."

10. John's Pick: Who I Am by Pete Townsend

"I love any books about music," John says.

11. John's Pick: How Music Works by David Byrne

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